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Human Rights Office Announces Annual Contests For Students to Highlight Human Rights Day

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights (OHR) is sponsoring essay, poster and video contests for students -- with the theme “The Faces of Human Rights, Then and Now” --  in conjunction with its annual Human Rights Day Celebration. 

Participation will be open to all students who attend Montgomery County public schools, as well as private and parochial schools in the County, children who are home-schooled and students living in the County and attending school elsewhere.

Winners will be announced at the annual Human Rights Day celebration on Friday, December 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Arts and Theatre Building.

This year, there will be separate contests for elementary, middle and high school students, with first, second and third place prizes in each category.  The poster contest is open to students in grades four and five.   The essay contest is open to students in grades six through eight.  The video contest is for high school students, grades nine through 12.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Human Rights Commission in Montgomery County,” said OHR Director James Stowe.  “In those 50 years, our County residents have protested, picketed, helped change the laws and stood up for what they believed to make sure that all of us share the human rights that we enjoy today.”

Entries must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the Office of Human Rights by October 29.  Additional guidelines and the contest entry form are available at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights.

For more information, call Kimberly Ham at 240-777-8478.